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Retired Cold Case Investigator Paul Holes and Investigative Journalist Billy Jensen dig deep into unsolved murders, unidentified remains and missing persons cases. Each week listeners ride shotgun as Holes and Jensen attempt to solve the crime using a variety of methods, from old-fashioned detective work to advanced technologies including familial DNA searches, social media geotargeting, and maybe most important—the skills of their listeners who send in tips and theories, becoming active members of The Murder Squad. 

Jensen and Holes: The Murder Squad Exactly Right

    • True Crime
    • 4.8, 15.4K Ratings

Retired Cold Case Investigator Paul Holes and Investigative Journalist Billy Jensen dig deep into unsolved murders, unidentified remains and missing persons cases. Each week listeners ride shotgun as Holes and Jensen attempt to solve the crime using a variety of methods, from old-fashioned detective work to advanced technologies including familial DNA searches, social media geotargeting, and maybe most important—the skills of their listeners who send in tips and theories, becoming active members of The Murder Squad. 

    Rita Hester and the Murders of Black Transgender Women in America

    Rita Hester and the Murders of Black Transgender Women in America

    In 1998, Rita Hester was murdered in her Boston apartment. Rita was active in the transgender community and her gruesome death inspired Transgender Remembrance Day—but her murderer is still out there. Paul and Billy investigate Rita’s case, and also shed light on the recent murders of Merci Mack, Shakie Peters, Brayla Stone, Bree Black, Draya McCarty, Remmie Fells and Riah Milton—seven transgender women found slain in June and July of 2020. So far, only two cases have led to an arrest. We need to change that.

    • 47 min
    Carrie Brown: An American Jack the Ripper Victim?

    Carrie Brown: An American Jack the Ripper Victim?

    Billy and Paul travel to 1891 New York City to investigate the unsolved murder of Carrie Brown. While often tied to Jack The Ripper, no conclusive evidence has linked the two and the case that caused a media storm remains unsolved. This new episode is in partnership with TNT's The Alienist: Angel of Darkness.

    • 50 min
    The Possible Victims of Bobby Jack Fowler

    The Possible Victims of Bobby Jack Fowler

    This week Paul and Billy decide to look into cases that their friend Michelle McNamara, author of I'll Be Gone in the Dark, looked into on her blog True Crime Diary. They look at unsolved cases in Oregon and the link to potential serial killer Bobby Jack Fowler. Fowler was a violent offender with cases in Oregon, Iowa, Texas, Tennessee and Canada. And those are just the cases we know.

    • 50 min
    What Happened to Tamla Horsford?

    What Happened to Tamla Horsford?

    This week Paul and Billy look into the mysterious death of Tamla Horsford. In November 2018, Tamla Horsford was the only black guest at an adult slumber party in Cumming, Georgia. By all accounts she was the life of the party. But in the early morning hours she was found dead outside. With the help of Tamla's family attorney Ralph E. Fernandez, Billy and Paul try to find out how a mother of five died that night. 

    • 1 hr 14 min
    The Murder of Vanessa Guillen and the Unsolved Homicides of Fort Hood

    The Murder of Vanessa Guillen and the Unsolved Homicides of Fort Hood

    Last week, the body of Specialist Vanessa Guillen was found near a river. She was murdered. And she was not the only Fort Hood soldier to be killed since March.  In this episode, Billy and Paul will delve into the eight cases of unsolved homicides and unknown causes of death of soldiers from the base. And with the help of Murder Squad listeners, they take a closer look at how the US Army investigates sexual assault, sexual harassment and missing persons amidst their ranks—including the case of LaVena Johnson. 

    • 45 min
    MISSING: Vanessa Guillen and Kierra Coles

    MISSING: Vanessa Guillen and Kierra Coles

    This week Paul and Billy look into two missing persons cases. The first is a soldier who went missing while on post. Vanessa Guillen was last seen at Fort Hood in Texas on April 22nd. The second is a mail carrier last seen on camera leaving her home. Kierra Coles was last seen outside her home in the Chatam area of Chicago on October 2nd, 2018.

    Neither case is related. Each in a different part of the country and separated by over a year. But both cases still have families, friends and the community looking for the women.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
15.4K Ratings

15.4K Ratings

sourseagrapes ,

J&H Make Me Look Forward to Mondays

I found this podcast midway through their Season 1 (after binging all of Crime Junkie and needing something to fill that void) and I am OBSESSED. I love hearing the different perspectives from two guys with very different professional backgrounds (as a writer, I appreciate a good journalistic perspective) and love that this is more of an “active listening” true crime podcast. I also really appreciate that they’re trying to cover more unsolved murders of women of color this season, and trying to give the spotlight to cases that often don’t get the attention they deserve (buh-bye to whomever can’t handle the more politically-engaged turn the show has taken). Finally, I’m looking forward to the next Winter Distraction. Winter is bleak, and I really enjoyed the break with “lighter” content this past season

Can’t wait to see where this show will go. Despite being a grown-ass woman, I can’t help but have a big stupid crush on both of these guys (what’s hotter than two smart, handsome men trying to solve crimes together? Answer: Nothing), so I’ll eat up whatever they’re willing to throw at me. Keep digging!

Karinathedead ,

I love this show & it’s hosts but...

I wish they would go back to the season one format but with more updates from any cases they have covered. I would also appreciate it if they left politics out. I say this as a liberal brown female listener.
Besides some of the recent changes I remain a fan and weekly listener. Listening to Paul really makes me wish I had pursued an education and career in forensics. Much love to you guys! ❤️

BooferBBobo ,

Perfect

Love this group! Unsolved murders are rough, but their passion for justice is inspiring. Keep up the good work!

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